May 12, 2008
Congresswoman Doris Matsui was the keynote speaker as McGeorge celebrated its 84th academic year on May 10 with a graduation ceremony at Sacramento Memorial Auditorium.
Drawing on her personal experience, Matsui stressed the importance of maintaining integrity in the profession of law, their responsibilities to participate in public life, and the importance of family and friendships. She also touched upon the conflict between national security and the infringement of civil rights.
The law school awarded 302 Juris Doctor degrees and 51 Master of Laws degrees at the ceremony presided over by Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker and University President Don DeRosa.
Joseph Klatt and Daniel King received valedictorian awards for the Day Division and the Evening Division, respectively. Klatt was honored with an Outstanding Graduating Senior Award as was Maria Wilson. Other student honorees included Amanda Alley, Kirsten Brown, Victor Copeland, Daniel Croxall and Jennifer Williams.
Brown, the president of the Student Bar Association, delivered remarks for the Day Division. Matthew H. Hooper spoke on behalf of the Evening Division, and Dominic Dagbanja, a Ghanaian attorney who received an LLM in Transnational Business Practice, delivered the response for the master of laws class.
McGeorge now has more than 12,000 living alumni practicing law in all 50 states and 40 foreign countries. More than 9,000 of its graduates are members of the State Bar of California.